D23 Details 2010 ‘Magic & Merriment’ Event at Walt Disney World

D23 members and up to three guests each are invited to attend this year’s Disney D23 Magic & Merriment event at the Walt Disney World Resort from December 10 – 12, 2010.

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Disney Cast Members Show PRIDE in Downtown Orlando

Disney cast members march in PRIDE parade © Disney Disney Cast Members and VoluntEARS recently joined a lively crowd of 55,000 in downtown Orlando to participate in the 2010 Come Out with Pride celebration.

The annual event, organized by the Metropolitan Business Association, which serves as Orlando’s Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, celebrates members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and its allies.

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Tokyo Disneyland to Open ‘Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall’ in April 2011; Encourages Use of Flash Photography

Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall Concept Photo © DisneyTokyo Disneyland® Park announced its new attraction titled Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall is scheduled to open on April 15, 2011. This will be a walkthrough-type attraction located inside Cinderella Castle in which guests can wander through gorgeous rooms that bring the world of Disney’s classic animated film Cinderella to life and view paintings, diorama, and other artworks that follow the story of the beloved princess. Cinderella, wanting to share her magical princess story, decided to open up the castle even during her absence and exhibit various artworks that show scenes from her story.

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Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis Announces 2011-2012 Ambassador Team

René Torrico and Jolie Hales, Disneyland Ambassadors for 2011-2012Disneyland Resort President George A. Kalogridis announced that René Torrico, 29, and Jolie Hales, 28, will serve as the 2011-2012 Disneyland Resort Ambassador team. The pair will spend the two-year term taking the magic of the Resort into the community by participating in events, such as visiting children at local hospitals with Disney characters. Becoming an Ambassador is one of the highest achievements of a Disney cast member and is a unique part of the company’s heritage.

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WDW Character Update: Tangled Meet & Greet Will Begin October 15 at Epcot

We reported earlier that the in-park appearance of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney’s Tangled, initially scheduled to begin on October 15 at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom had been postponed until October 25.

Yesterday, however, Cast Member-run WDW Character Hunt stated that the pair would in fact be making appearances starting on October 15, only at Epcot’s International Gateway instead at non-published, ‘random’ times. The duo will only be making appearances and will not be participating in any of the interactive elements expected to occur when the makeover-in-progress at Magic Kingdom’s Fairytale Garden is complete.

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Save The Date: Official ‘TRON Legacy’ Vinylmation by Noah to be Released November 21

On his official blog, Disney Fine Artist Noah, known in part for his extremely popular custom hand-painted Vinylmation collectibles (ranging in size from 9″ to 5′), has announced the official TRON: Legacy Vinylmation by Noah release will take place November 21 at Downtown Disney’s D Street at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts.

According to the blog entry, more details on this highly anticipated event will be released tomorrow with photos available very soon. Be sure to check out his blog for more information as it becomes available.

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WDW Refurbs Update: Kouzzina Plus Extended Closures at Animal Kingdom, Saratoga Springs

We have four newly listed refurbishments at the Walt Disney World Resort to share with you.

First up is Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn. The restaurant will be closed for a couple of weeks beginning on November 29 and re-opening on December 15.

Beginning December 3, the Paddock leisure pool at Disney’s Saratoga Springs DVC Resort will close for an extended refurbishment and is currently scheduled to re-open on June 30, 2011.

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Tokyo Disney Resort Names 2011 Ambassador

2011 Tokyo Disneyland Resort Ambassador Tomoko BabaTokyo Disney Resort announced today that Tomoko Baba has been selected as the 2011 Tokyo Disney Resort Ambassador. Ms. Baba will serve as the goodwill ambassador for Tokyo Disney Resort.

As a representative of all of the Cast Members of Tokyo Disney Resort, the Tokyo Disney Resort Ambassador will be involved in various publicity activities for the Resort, including appearances in TV and radio shows. She will also visit welfare facilities, hospitals, and municipal offices, and participate in various community service activities in different areas.

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Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney to Host ‘The Benefit Sale’ for United Way November 6

The Benefit Sale at Walt Disney World's Downtown DisneyJust in time for the holiday season, United Way (UW) is announcing The Benefit Sale, hosted and sponsored by Walt Disney World Resort. Supporting the efforts of UW and other local nonprofit agencies, the inaugural retail event on Saturday, November 6 from 5:30 – 9:30 a.m. will feature incredible discounts of up to 50 to 75 percent off select merchandise at many of the participating Downtown Disney locations.

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WDW Character Update: ‘Tangled’ Meet and Greet Postponed

The so-called ‘Play and Greet’ featuring Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney’s Tangled at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is now being reported to be postponed from its original start date of October 15 until October 25.

This was confirmed by cast member extraordinaire and consistently accurate source Paul Chadkin via twitter.

Update 10/12/10 – Rapunzel and Flynn Rider will begin meeting and greeting guests (without ‘play’ elements) on October 15 as originally scheduled, but at the International Gateway in Epcot

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